Projection Curve Tool in SOLIDWORKS

The projection curve tool is used to project a curve from a plane to a surface in SOLIDWORKS. This projected curve can then be extruded or trimmed depending on the purpose of the projection.

How to use the projection curve –

First, we have to start by importing a part into the graphic area or creating a component.

The next step is to create a plane in reference to the surface we would be projecting on. If the surface is Continue reading

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Setting up a rack and pinion mate in solidworks

SolidWorks diverse assembly capabilities allow for simulation of various kinds of motion. One particular useful motion is that of a rack and pinion; it aims at converting rotary to linear motion and vice versa.

Inside SolidWorks assembly, users can easily set up this mate. Let’s go through how you can easily insert the rack and pinion mate on components from the content library.

Begin by creating a new assembly inside SolidWorks.
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Be sure to enable the SolidWorks toolbox add-in in Continue reading

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Solidworks Tutorial – How to Use Curve through XYZ points

When it involves complex entities in SOLIDWORKS, we usually use the spline tool. However, in the case of parabolic curves or involute the spline tool may not give us the accuracy and flexibility we need for a particular geometry.

SOLIDWORKS has provided a way in which we can add complex Profiles such as that of an airfoil with 100% accuracy into the graphic area.

How to add curves through the XYZ axis.

This process would be explained using an airfoil Continue reading

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Add on costing tool in solidworks

The Costing Tool in SOLIDWORKS enables users to estimate the cost of producing a single component or an assembly in SOLIDWORKS.

It works based on templates which contain the cost of milling, bending, drilling etc. in relation to size. The costing is used to create a bill of materials for the various components in an assembly.

Let’s take a look at how we can use the Costing Tool in SOLIDWORKS.

To access the Costing Tool, we first have to select Continue reading

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Tutorial on SOLIDWORKS Part reviewer

SOLIDWORKS part reviewer behaves much like the roll back feature enabling users to see the steps used to generate a part.

The part reviewer can be found under the tools tab or directly accessed from the command window.

Looking at the tv-16 pulley shown below.

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If we required to review the part to see the steps used all we need to do is access the part reviewer using the command window.

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Solidworks Nonlinear Dynamic Contact

For this particular example, we will take a look at how we can setup a Nonlinear Dynamic Simulation inside SOLIDWORKS.

We are going to use this feature to simulate collision between two bodies and see the stresses generated due to this action. Before we run the simulation, we need to create the two bodies inside SOLIDWORKS.
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Next we setup the assembly of the parts as shown. Do constrain the motion of the block in one axis while fixing the stopper. Continue reading

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Stress Simulation in cylinders

It is important to analyze stresses (radial and hoop stress) acting inside cylinders as a result of internal pressures (eg. say due to the flow of fluids). Making sure that the internal pressure does not result in component failure is an important consideration for any engineers.

SolidWorks does a great job of simulating these environments, allowing designers to run by their model without necessarily going through the tedious activities of fabricating a prototype.

We will do a simple demonstration on Continue reading

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Nonlinear dynamic contact

For this particular example, we will take a look at how we can setup a Nonlinear Dynamic Simulation inside SOLIDWORKS.

We are going to use this feature to simulate collision between two bodies and see the stresses generated due to this action. Before we run the simulation, we need to create the two bodies inside SOLIDWORKS.

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Next we setup the assembly of the parts as shown. Do constrain the motion of the block in one axis while fixing the stopper. Continue reading

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SOLIDWORKS Import diagnostics

SOLIDWORKS import diagnostics is a special feature that helps diagnose imported components. It helps heal surfaces and parts based on imported curves when the parts are not complete.

In this tutorial, we will be going through how to use this feature to detect faults in imported parts and subsequently heal them.

Begin by opening a part that requires users to import its sketches and curves.

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Looking at the impeller model above, we see that it requires users to import the Continue reading

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